The Korea Herald


U.N. chief to visit S. Korea this week


Published : Aug. 8, 2011 - 19:11

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Chief of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon is due in his home country Tuesday for talks with President Lee Myung-bak and senior officials over Korea’s U.N.-related activities and pending issues regarding the Korean peninsula, according to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry.

Secretary-General Ban’s visit to South Korea will be the first since he was elected to a second five-year term as the head of the international body in June.

During his six-day trip, Ban will meet with President Lee as well as Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and the National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae, and attend the opening of the 2011 Global Model U.N. Conference in Incheon, the ministry said in an earlier press release.

While attending the conference, Ban will meet members of U.N. Global Compact and U.N. Academic Impact, two global initiatives seeking to support U.N. principles through business and higher education.

The U.N. chief, who formerly served as Seoul’s foreign minister, will also visit his hometown of Eumseong, about 130 kilometers south of Seoul to meet friends and residents there.

By Shin Hae-in (